Eric Westervelt http://publicradioeast.org en Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders http://publicradioeast.org/post/lessons-manhood-boys-school-turns-work-wonders This summer, <em>All Things Considered </em>has been taking a look at the changing lives of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">men in America</a>. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.<p>In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 47396 at http://publicradioeast.org Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand http://publicradioeast.org/post/violence-spikes-anew-iraq-islamic-state-looks-expand <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Violence+Spikes+Anew+In+Iraq%2C+As+Islamic+State+Looks+To+Expand&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 47391 at http://publicradioeast.org Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False http://publicradioeast.org/post/sorry-lucy-myth-misused-brain-100-percent-false <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 47397 at http://publicradioeast.org Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core http://publicradioeast.org/post/qa-union-leader-tenure-testing-and-common-core The American Federation of Teachers <a href="http://aft.org/index.cfm">(AFT)</a> is holding its <a href="http://www.aft.org/convention/">annual convention</a> in Los Angeles through this weekend. For the AFT's more than 3,500 national delegates descending on LA, there is a lot on their plate and big challenges ahead for the nation's second-largest teachers union: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">the Common Core</a>, tenure and fierce debate about testing, to name a few. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 46113 at http://publicradioeast.org Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core From Calif. Teachers, More Nuanced Views On Tenure http://publicradioeast.org/post/calif-teachers-more-nuanced-views-tenure In the weeks since a California judge overturned the state's rules governing teacher tenure, the political noise has only grown louder. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 46010 at http://publicradioeast.org From Calif. Teachers, More Nuanced Views On Tenure Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox http://publicradioeast.org/post/giving-boys-bigger-emotional-tool-box <em>This story is part of the </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men In America</a>"<em> series on All Things Considered.</em><p>Is America's dominant "man up" ethos a hypermasculine cultural construct, a tenet rooted in biological gender difference or something in between?<p>Educator Ashanti Branch doesn't much care or, more accurately, doesn't have time to care.<p>He's too busy trying to make a difference in boys' lives.<p>Boys in American public schools are suspended from and drop out of school at higher rates than girls. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 44859 at http://publicradioeast.org Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard http://publicradioeast.org/post/high-school-band-where-everyones-voice-can-be-heard <em>(This is Part 2 of a two-part report. Read the full piece <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/06/11/320882414/ipads-allow-kids-with-challenges-to-play-in-high-schools-band">here</a>.)</em><p>On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.<p>"I'm Tobi Lakes. I'm 15 years old. I'm in ninth grade. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 43707 at http://publicradioeast.org A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School Band http://publicradioeast.org/post/ipads-allow-kids-challenges-play-high-school-band Tablet computers and a creative teacher have helped open doors for some kids with serious learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The P.S. 177 Technology Band is in Queens, N.Y. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=iPads+Allow+Kids+With+Challenges+To+Play+In+High+School+Band&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 43668 at http://publicradioeast.org iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band http://publicradioeast.org/post/ipads-allow-kids-challenges-play-high-schools-band There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.<p>In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 43661 at http://publicradioeast.org iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional http://publicradioeast.org/post/california-teacher-tenure-ruled-unconstitutional A California judge today ruled the state's laws governing teacher tenure and the firing of public school teachers unconstitutional, saying they interfere with the state's obligation to provide every child with access to a good education.<p>The plaintiffs in the case, <em>Vergara v. California</em>, argued that the tenure system for public school teachers in California verges on the absurd, and that those laws disproportionately harm poor and minority students. In his ruling, Judge Rolf M. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 43606 at http://publicradioeast.org California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional High School Band: There's An App For That http://publicradioeast.org/post/high-school-band-theres-app Join the Band.<p>Next week we're going to spend a little time with a public school band that rocks, swings, and breaks new musical ground.<p>This isn't your typical high school group. The members make music by combining traditional instruments with iPad tablet computers and apps. Oh, and all the members happen to have serious learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. On Morning Edition and All Things Considered, we'll introduce you to a music teacher in Queens, New York who uses tech and a passion for teaching to help open doors for kids with severe mental and physical challenges. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 43402 at http://publicradioeast.org High School Band: There's An App For That Rethinking The Commencement Speech Tradition http://publicradioeast.org/post/rethinking-commencement-speech-tradition <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/14/312524021/can-anyone-speak-at-a-college-graduation-anymore">Speakers bow out amid protests</a>. Colleges continue their obsession with celebrity speakers.<em> </em> As <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/19/311861694/what-we-learned-from-the-best-commencement-speeches-ever">this year's graduation season</a> churns on,<strong> </strong>is it time to rethink this once noble tradition that many schools now see as a marketing opportunity? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 22 May 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt & Sami Yenigun 42047 at http://publicradioeast.org Rethinking The Commencement Speech Tradition As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates? http://publicradioeast.org/post/student-protests-force-string-commencement-speaker-shake-ups Graduation Season? Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 41380 at http://publicradioeast.org As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates? Struggling To Get Out Of Poverty: The 'Two Generation' Approach http://publicradioeast.org/post/struggling-get-out-poverty-two-generation-approach Policy makers and thinkers have long debated how best to help low-income families break the cycle of generational poverty. A lot of people think one key is high-quality early childhood education. Others say equally important is support parents with job training and education, to get them into stable, decent paying jobs.<p>In Tulsa, Okla., an experimental program is trying to do both. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 39945 at http://publicradioeast.org Struggling To Get Out Of Poverty: The 'Two Generation' Approach In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents http://publicradioeast.org/post/tulsa-combining-preschool-help-parents At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents.<p>The program combines Head Start for children with intensive training for their parents, designed to help them find well-paying jobs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 39591 at http://publicradioeast.org In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents http://publicradioeast.org/post/one-approach-head-start-help-kids-help-their-parents President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they mean? And what separates the best of the nation's preschool programs from the rest?<p>NPR found one answer to those questions in Tulsa, Okla. The city is known as a national leader in early childhood education. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 39573 at http://publicradioeast.org One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College http://publicradioeast.org/post/some-common-misconceptions-about-paying-college In reporting on students <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/25/293870089/maze-of-college-costs-and-aid-programs-trap-some-families">navigating the maze</a> of college costs and financial aid, I kept running into misconceptions about paying for a degree. Here are some of the most common ones:<p><strong>Low-income students get most of their college financial aid needs met and rich kids don't have to worry, so it's mainly the middle class that gets squeezed. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 37272 at http://publicradioeast.org Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families http://publicradioeast.org/post/maze-college-costs-and-aid-programs-trap-some-families In the past 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from about $9,000 to nearly $30,000 today. The percentage of students carrying debt has shot up from less than half to nearly 70 percent these days.<p>At a large public high school in Freemont, Calif., southeast of San Francisco, Alyssa Tucker and Thao Le sit on a metal table. Both come from families with modest incomes.<p>Both are 17 and facing college this fall with anxious excitement. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 37251 at http://publicradioeast.org Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't http://publicradioeast.org/post/college-applicants-sweat-sats-perhaps-they-shouldnt With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.<p>That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 34562 at http://publicradioeast.org College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age http://publicradioeast.org/post/push-boost-computer-science-learning-even-early-age <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC5FbmsH4fw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaW3PAzHxCU</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 34496 at http://publicradioeast.org A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age